Tool Set Versus Mind Set- A Step Closer to Achieving your Fitness Goals

By Tiffany Glielmi

You NEED to start running!  Or just do Yoga every night before bed and you will see results!  Don’t forget measuring your food and your calories!  Once you start doing that then you will really see results!? RIGHT?  Haven’t you heard it all? There are so many different tools and philosophies to getting fit and acheiveing the body you want.

So what do you do?  Where do you begin? How do you know where to go?

Well, I am here to tell you that you already have the tools to get the body you want.  That’s right!!! You know exactly what you need to do to get the body you want!  Think I am crazy?  Well, let me shed some light on what I am talking about and how you already know what you need to do to get that body you want.  It’s really not crazy.  You know, I know, and we all know what it takes!

EXERCISE MORE AND EAT BETTER!

That’s it! I am sorry to burst your bubble, but losing weight and getting into shape isn’t that complicated!  It can be hard work for sure, but you don’t need any special tool or unique trick to get the job done.  All you have to do is exercise more and eat better.  You can perfect this, of course.  You can measure your nutrients and focus on different parts of the body and different parts of training, but why make it complicated? Unless you are body building and are looking to be extremely trim, you don’t need to do all of those things!  Just exercise more and eat better!  Exercise everyday.  Stop eating processed, high sugary foods, and eat more fruits and vegetables!  It’s so simple.  So if it’s so simple than why is it so hard?  Well, it’s because of your mind set.  Your mindset can set the tone for your body.  Your mindset can set the tone for your life.  You are what you think every single day.  And if you think getting into shape is too hard, well then it will be.  If you think getting into  shape is too expensive, well then it will be.  If you think your not worth it, well then you won’t be.  The tools can change, the food can change, but what’s going on between your ears plays more of role in you achieveing your fitness goals than anything else.

Being healthy and fit is a choice and a lifestyle!  You have to choose it like you choose any other lifestyle you live!  You get the oil changed in your car when you need to.  You make it a priority to go to the dentist and get a physical every year.  You clean your house when you need to and you make it a priority to spend quality time with your family and friends.  So why can’t being healthy just be a part of what you do. Why isn’t it a commitment like any other part of your life!  You have to change the way you view healthy.

Once you can do this.  Once you can view your health and your fitness as an absolute MUST in your life, than you will start to see a change!  If you want your body functioning optimally both physically and mentally than you have to take care of it like you take care of every other aspect of your life.  It’s just like paying your bills on time every month.  You can pay your health forward everyday, because you have made a decision to live that way! And what a great commitment to your family when you commit to your health!

You can change diets, change exercise programs, and try 100 different things, but until you realize that the body you want sits on the other side of good choices than you aren’t getting any closer to that body.  Healthy is an accumulation of good choices over a consistent time period and there is no way around that.  So decide today to commit to being healthy and fit even on the days that you don’t feel like it.  It will pay so much in the long run.

Recommended read for this article:

“You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay

What You Should Know About Pain When You Exercise

By Tiffany Glielmi

Owning a gym and being surrounded by fit and unfit people brings up the common misunderstood problems surrounding the subject of pain in the body. Especially when someone starts exercising. Some of the most common things I see is back pain and joint pain. At our facility, I have some people look at me like I have three heads when I say, “If you have pain for whatever reason I might be able to help you.” Some may think only a doctor can fix pain or only a chiropractor or physical therapist can fix pain. And while those are all very true, there is everyday pain that people are faced with that surround my business that I really want to educate my members and my community on.

You are going to be shocked when I say this but it is the most truth that I have spoken about pain in the last 10 years since I have been working in this field. PAIN IS YOUR FRIEND!!!? What I mean by that is pain is just a symptom of something. Pain is your body asking you to pay attention. Getting to know your body and getting to know “your” pain is so important to taking real control of your health.

I will always remember the client who started training with me at 45 years old and never worked out before a day in her life. She looked over at me and said she thought something was wrong because her legs were burning. In my head I chuckled and I wanted to say out loud- NO FEEL THE BURN BABY! But I realized very quickly that I had to educate people on pain, as well as the difference between discomfort and pain. And the more I learned about pain the more I realized I could help people who were living with pain.

So, what is this pain that I am speaking of!? The pain that I discuss with my clients are the following:

1-The sore pain you get after a workout

2- The pain you feel that is fatigue or the burning sensation you get during a workout

3-hurt pain

Lastly 4-tightness or muscle pain.

These are all different and if you work out consistently it is crucial for you to know what they are, why you have them, and what you can do about it!

First the sore pain! Yes, let’s discuss this. Every client who walks through my door after their first week of their new program grab their legs and says, “oh it hurts so good” I am so sore! This is GOOD pain. This kind of pain can be a way of showing you where you are or where you need to go! BUT don’t get fooled by this pain. It is not something that you want to stick around. After you have been training for a while you don’t have to get “sore” to make gains in your training! There is this belief that for a workout to be considered beneficial, it has to make your sore, like a damn badge of honor or something. If you continuously try to “chase the pain” in your training program that’s a good recipe for getting hurt and not being able to train. Pay attention to this because being extremely sore so bad to the point that you get bruises or feel sick can mean more is going on in your body than just general soreness. There is a time to enjoy that kind of pain and a time to consult your physician. When you experience flu like symptoms or any kind of bruising that doesn’t seem normal with being extremely sore you need to consult with your physician!

Second, the pain you feel that is fatigue or burning- This kind of feeling can seem like pain or weakness in the body. Your body just pushed 200 pounds of iron across the turf on a sled (AWESOME) so you will feel muscular fatigue. Your body will be wore out and you can even feel a little shaky or nauseous if you really challenge the energy system or intensity of a movement. This kind of fatigue can occasionally be good to reach (of course I always recommend you do this under the supervision of a certified personal trainer and/or fitness professional) especially when you have been training consistently! But again, beware of going “too hard”. If your fatigue turns in to throwing up or extreme dizziness than you went a little too hard.

Third, Hurt Pain! Isn’t all pain “hurt” pain? Well you could argue that but I see it differently, as it is in the eye of the beholder. I guess I compare this to childbirth! SURE, I was in pain but I did not hurt. It wasn’t an injury and often when we see or feel pain in our body we think it’s an injury. There is quite a bit of “hurt” pain that I am talking about here. There is aching. This kind of hurt pain could mean there is a lingering injury that is rearing its ugly head! However, it could also mean there is extreme inflammation in the body. There is a sharp pain that you can feel when you pull something or break something. I guess I would compare this to sharp pain and then an immediate numbing throbbing type of pain. This type is a “problem” pain and needs immediate attention! More often this type of pain is rare and usually only happens in a situation where a person actually breaks a bone, or damages tendons and/or ligaments. You need to be aware of this pain BUT I do think that sometimes we can confuse other pain with “hurt” pain and there is a difference!

The last one is my kind of pain! What I mean by this is I love when I client comes to me with this kind of pain because I can almost always help them! So, what is it? Tightness or muscle pain! Which I am actually experiencing in my mid back as we speak. This kind of pain is a tightness or a sharp tightness kind of pain! And in my experience of training clients I have realized that almost everyone jumps over into the “hurt” pain when they experience this. They go to their doctor and get recommended for surgery or for some serious medications WHEN little did they know that they could actually MOVE BETTER AND IN THE RIGHT WAY to help with this kind of pain. Massage and chiropractor can help this kind of pain, too! So, what is typically going on in the body when there is discomfort or tightness like what I am experiencing now (mine is directly in the middle of my back and kind of takes my breath away) is IMBALANCE! What I mean by this is we use our bodies! Every day in all different sorts of ways. And because we are sitting more and more and losing muscle and strength over time we end up creating a system that isn’t functioning optimally! You can also experience this kind of imbalance if you sit or lay in a long position for too long (examples- nursing an infant, flying in an airplane, sitting at your job, etc.) What is going on is you have muscles that are overactive or working too much and you have muscles that are underactive or not working very often. This can lead to tightness, pain, and sometimes an injury which can be that “hurt” kind of pain. So, what we do in our training is to try to wake up the underactive muscles and relax the over active muscles just by moving properly. WOW you won’t believe the difference you can feel just from taking your body and putting it through activation style movements! This is kind of in a nutshell what a physical therapist would do! However, RTG does this on a different scale. We program this into your daily exercise routine. And when pain shows up we help you move and “feel” movement in the right parts of your body to help with muscle tightness and muscle pain! I will venture and say that 97% of the pain I see in my facility is this kind of pain! More times than not this kind of pain is also linked to a very inactive core. Once we activate the core the body gets “help” with movements from the core and this can help with tightness or pain.

Doing corrective exercises is especially important for special populations such as postpartum clients, clients with injuries, elderly clients, and clients with pain.

So, the next time you “feel” pain start thinking about all the different kinds of pains you feel in your body. What is it and is it an injury or just discomfort! It is unfortunate that many people have tried surgery to rid their bodies of pain before trying to move and move often and in the right way!

At our facility we offer screenings. In that screening we evaluate your injury history, your pain history, and we take a look at your movements. If a client is presented with pain and we can’t help them we refer them out to various places (chiropractor, massage, and the hospital), but if we can help the client with pain it likely starts getting better for that client after 1 session. How great!

Check out a training gym near you to see if this type of movement can help you! We have helped so many!